January 18 – March 15, 2009 – Nino Abakelia, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Ethnology of Georgia will participate in the research project of Inter-national Study Center at the University of Oxford.
February 1-5, 2009 – Vazha Kiknadze, Director of Iv.Javakishvili Institute of History and Ethnology will participate in the seminar at the University of Cambridge, Great Britain, organized by the Committee for the Study of Russia and the East Europe. Dr. Kiknadze will present the paper: "Georgian Spiritual Figures and the Russian Exarchy at the Beginning of the 20 Centtury.”
On February 21, 2009 director of Iv.Javakishvili Institute of History and Ethnology, Dr.Vazha Kiknadze will participate in international conference organized by the North-East Asia Study Center at University of Tohoko, Japan. One hour long presentation on the topic "The Georgian Society of the 20th Century and the Ecclesiastical Policy of the Russian Synod” will be delivered at the conference "New Researches in the Post Soviet Countries of the 20 Century.”
On February 21 – March 14, 2009 Main Research Fellow Lavrenti Janiashvili and Senior Research Fellow Natia Jalabadze, Department of Ethnology of Caucasus, visited to the Phillips University-Marburg, Germany, to participate in the Project "Revitalization of Traditional Law in the Republic of Georgia.”
On March 9-13, 2009 vice-director in International Relations David Matsaberidze will visit Budapest, Hungary, to participate in CRC Spring Sessions "Teaching Comparative History in Eastern Europe – Theory, Methods, Case Studies”, Central European University.
On March 17-19, 2009 director Vazha Kiknadze will visit Maltepe University, Istanbul, to participate in international scientific conference "Central Eurasian Studies: Past, Present, Future”, organized by the Maltepe University (Turkey), University of Tokio (Japan) and University of Tsukuba (Japan). The following paper will be presented at the conference: "Istanbul and Hagia Sophia in the Works of Georgian Travellers of the 15th-19th Centuries.”
On March 9 – April 8, 2009 Senior Research Fellow Gia Gelashvili, Department of the Modern History, will pay visit to Great Britain in the framework of invitation program of the British Academy of Sciences, for the scientific work in the local libraries and archives.
On March 9-13, 2009, Malkhaz Toria, Research Fellow of the Department of Ethnology of Caucasus, will take part in the CRC Spring Sessions – Teaching Comparative History in South-Eastern Europe – Theory, Methods, Case Studies – hosted by Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
On May 10-16, 2009, Director of Iv.Javakishvili Institute of History and Ethnology, Prof. Vazha Kiknadze, visited A.Mickievich University, Institute for East European Studies, Poznan, Poland.
Professor Vazha Kiknadze delivered the two public lectures: "Ivane Susanin and Priest Tevdore: Myth and Reality” and "Kirion II on Lithuania and Poland.” He took part in the international conference, hosted by the University of Poznan, dedicated to the South Caucasian conflicts. The paper – The Russian Synod’s Ecclesiastical Policy towards South Caucasus at the End of the 19th Century and at the Beginning of the 20th Century, was presented at the conference by Prof. Vazha Kiknadze.